But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:26

After an Affair: Rebuilding Trust

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image After an Affair is a new book about rebuilding trust, then rebuilding and maintaining a marriage devastated by adultery. Cheating on a spouse and lying to cover it up naturally breeds distrust and suspicion. A couple can, however, rebuild trust. The speed and degree of recovery are greatly...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:10

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image The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction – “I sat down for my morning devotions with the Lord, opened my Bible, and immediately heard a ding on my phone alerting me that I had received an email. My mind began the well-rehearsed inner dialogue that goes on whenever my prayers or Bible...

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image Yesterday, I was blessed and convicted by a message Joel Beeke preached at the Desiring God 2011 Conference for Pastors. As Beeke reflected upon the prayer lives of the Puritans, he expounded on seven principles for private prayer.

TAKE HOLD OF YOURSELF

  • Remember the Value of Prayer.
  • Maintain the...

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image One way of learning how to do something is by watching someone else do it poorly. When I swam in triathlons, I had a friend who worked out in the same pool. In his freestyle stroke, he had a habit of putting his hand in the water too far toward the centerline of his body, turning his body slightly...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 17:30

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Racism, Sin & Scripture: A Response to Thabiti Anyabwileimage – “Any teaching or encouragement to look on any human as less than an image-bearer of God who has dignity and is worthy of respect is guilty of bearing false witness and breaks the 9th Commandment. Anyone who subjects another...

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image Last week, I was blessed to teach a two-hour seminar in our church’s discipleship counseling training center on the subject of depression. First, I shared my own personal experience with depression and anxiety, and then drew attention to the experiences of people in the Bible. Together, we...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 17:03

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image Leaders Are Readers – reading is a pipeline for ideas

Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow – encouraging thoughts on holding on to God

You Were Born to Fight – “It is time to stop being surprised that you and the people you love are inclined to fight.”

Are There Degrees...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 17:01

Every Member Ministry

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image One of the unique qualities of a biblical church is the understanding and application of what we may call every member ministry.

Let me briefly explain what I mean.

According to Scripture, every person is uniquely created by God, and every believer in Christ is spiritually gifted by the...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 11:30

NUGGETS

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image Does Your Heart Run on Hype? – “In corporate worship we find something far better than a typical rush of feeling.”

Jonathan Edwards and Why I’m a Cessasionist – “Scripture demands we test the spirits to discern if they originate with God (1 John 4:1).”

Be a...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 00:05

The Holy Spirit Is Praying for You

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image We need God’s grace in our times of weakness. But we also need the Spirit to pray for us because our knowledge is not complete—we are ignorant of some things. Matthew Henry writes, “We are not competent judges of our own condition … We are short-sighted, and very much...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 19:44

Pondering the Horrors of Hell

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“A lot of Christians today want to say, ‘Surely it is better to think of hell as a place where there will be some temporary punishments until eventually people simply lose all consciousness: annihilation.’ Others think that it is manipulative and cruel to think of hell at all:...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 19:23

NUGGETS

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3 Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life – “Victory in Jesus is not equivalent to an exemption from trouble.”

If They Fell, So Can You – “Our sinful weaknesses need not lead us to despair. Instead, they can lead us to hope in the one who is greater than our...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 22:34

Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World

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Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World is a simple, 45-page book that gives parents immediate help. The author, Eliza Huie, is a parent and Christian counselor who takes you through, practically, how to walk with your teen in the midst of this hyper–sexualized world. This book is for...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 17:02

For the Love of Discipline

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Sara Wallace, a mother of five, has written a new parenting book that I’m excited about. In For the Love of Discipline: When the Gospel Meets Tantrums and Time-Outsbrings you a personal, frank account of her own journey with discipline—and introduces an entirely new way to look at it....

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 17:16

The Power of Daily Meditation

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Our spiritual growth in holiness, and breaking free from sin’s dominion, are directly dependent upon our daily interaction with Scripture. As ingrained sin habits are being cast aside through the Put Off/Put On process, the follower of Christ must also develop the new habit of craving His...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 21:17

NUGGETS

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Anxious for Nothing – Philip De Courcy reflects on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6, and shares five angles of attack in the battle with anxiety.

Complementarianism and the Single Man – “After long day at work, he sat down and asked me “Mathew, when you’re married,...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 16:32

Why God Killed Jesus

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When the Old Testament prophet Isaiah predicted the suffering of Jesus Christ he said, “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief” (53:10). Why? Why would God the Father be pleased to kill His only begotten Son? The verse goes on to answer that question, “If He...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:39

7 Ways Grief Becomes Sinful

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Slowly, I’ve been reading Facing Grief by the Puritan, John Flavel. Chapter 4, When Sorrow Becomes Sinful, was especially convicting and helpful, as I reflected back upon a time in which I allowed sorrow to overtake me and lead me to sin in other ways. In this chapter, Flavel explains how...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 23:18

Evaluate Your Definition of “Discipleship”

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“Disciples, discipleship, discipling, disciple-making. These words are such an established part of conversation about ministry and church life that we rarely pause to consider what we actually mean by them,” write Colin Marshall and Tony Payne in The Vine Project: Shaping your Ministry...

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All Christian parents long for their children to trust in Christ and to make their profession of faith public.  It’s not surprising that children raised in Christian homes sooner or later will ask a parent, “When can I be baptized?” The same question is often asked...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 23:14

Living By Faith with No Regrets

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Sunday mornings, our church is tracing the master story-line of the Bible, through the Bible—the promised redemption brought about in its fullness by the person and work of Jesus Christ. I’ve entitled this sermon series From Garden to Garden, since we began in the Garden of Eden and...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 21:10

Addiction Resources [Updated]

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Many solid resources address the issue of spiritual enslavement, i.e. addiction. Here are just a few to consider for personal study, one-to-one discipleship counseling, and your small group.

BOOKS/MINI-BOOKS

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:26

Freedom that Lasts

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Freedom That Lastsis a Christ-centered, Bible-based, local-church-focused discipleship ministry to those enslaved in life-dominating sins or overcome by hurtful events of life. If your church is considering starting an addiction ministry, FTL may be a good option for you. Developed by Jim &...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 01:27

Handling Pressure the Way Jesus Did

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Life can become so filled with pressure that it becomes “a matter of doing rather than being,” says Philip De Courcy, pastor of Kindred Community Church in Anaheim, CA, and preacher on the Know the Truth radio program.

There’s no margins, no room to breathe. It seems no matter how...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:34

NUGGETS

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Is Someone You Love Suicidal? – Listen to this recent podcast with Heath Lambert. Also, if you are looking for a good, small resource, check out HELP! My Friend Is Suicidal by police chaplain, Bruce Ray.

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel – “If a church affirms someone as a...

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